New College HNC Textiles students are showcasing their work at Swindon Designer Outlet as part of their ‘Exploration and Textiles’ unit until 25 September.
The students had to research into the county’s history and draw inspiration from a place, event or person. Final subject matters included Nature in Wiltshire, The Old Bath Road, Great Western Railways and Edith New, among others.
Karen Pau, Senior Practice Leader for Art & Design: “Our students have really dug deep to explore Wiltshire and find their own individual inspiration for this project. I’m so proud of how they’ve worked as a collective throughout this project, culminating in putting together a really professional show. Hopefully it will inspire others to explore the huge diversity in textiles and maybe even try out the HNC course for themselves.”
Once the students decided on their subject matters they began sketching and taking photographs to draw further inspiration and create concepts. A variety of Textile techniques were then used including embroidery, weaving, textured print and Digital Photo Manipulation. Items on display included screen prints, cushions, weaves and a tie & pocket square.
Stacy Crastro explored the life of Edith New, a suffragette from the early 1900’s. After speaking with family members as part of her research, Stacy was delighted to see Edith’s great niece visit the exhibition.
Stacy Crastro: “Through my initial research I discovered the story of Edith New and couldn’t believe that such an amazing woman was so unknown in her local community. I felt really inspired by her fight for women’s rights in the early 1900’s and made it my goal to bring her story as a suffragette to life through my textiles. As I looked into her background I found myself in contact with her family and feel really honoured that her great niece, Tamara Dugale, took the time to come and see my work at the exhibition. It always amazes me how through textiles, I can create something I’ve imagined and bring it into the real world.”
The exhibition will remain at Swindon Designer Outlet until Sunday 25 September.